EDITORIAL: Applauding INEC, security agencies, electorate on the peaceful conclusion of Anambra poll

EDITORIAL: Applauding INEC, security agencies, electorate on the peaceful conclusion of Anambra poll

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Governor Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as the winner of the November 18, 2017, governorship election in Anambra state.

According to INEC, Obiano defeated two major opponents, Tony Nwoye of the All Progressives Congress and Obaze Oseloka of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to clinch the victory. The Governor won with a big margin in key areas of the state including Idemili, Onitsha, Orumba, Ihiala, and Awka. Mr. Obiano also won in Ogbaru local government, the local government where PDP’s Oseloka with a total vote of 6,615 against 3,415 votes got by Mr. Oseloka.

AljazirahNigeria would like to commend the efforts of INEC officials, security personnel, and the good people of Anambra state for their different efforts at ensuring that the relative success of the election was assured. We commend INEC officials for their prompt arrival and delivery of electoral materials to the polling units across the state.

AljazirahNigeria would also like to applaud the accreditation and voting system employed by INEC as this was one of the factors responsible for the absence of electoral malpractice and violence.

We, however, decry the reported incidents of votes buying by the major parties in the contest. This does not augur well for our nascent democracy.

However, AljazirahNigeria deems it fit to still commend good people of Anambra for their sportsmanship and their loud political statement at the polls.

The successful outcome of the Governorship election would not have been possible without the cooperation of the electorate who came out peacefully to vote for the candidate of their choice.

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The electorate, according to reports, remained calm in the face of provocations, intimidation, and harassment. We applaud the electorate for their peaceful conduct in the pre-and post-election conduct.

AljazirahNigeria commends the security agencies on the adequate deployment of personnel, especially to flashpoints. Reports revealed that the security agencies involved included the Nigeria police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

We also commend the sacrifices of the security personnel that were deployed to various parts of Anambra. The professionalism of all security agencies before, during and after the poll was impressive.

We hope that the election would serve as a roadmap to other states electoral processes coming soon especially the 2018 Ekiti poll. Elections should certainly no longer be a ‘do or die affair.’ Political parties should see one another as states’ developmental agents rather than enemies.

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